4 Decks Advertising Playing Cards, $15/ea: (i) Firefood Specialties “Hot Sauce Playing Cards -- Let’s Barbecue”; (ii) Brown & Bigelow “Miles Laboratories”; (iii) RC Printing Company “Best Products”; (iv) “Walkers”

Four decks of advertising playing cards, each of which is available for $15; all four decks cost $60. Each is described briefly below.

● An interesting deck published by Firefood Specialties, Ltd., a company offering “Quality Giftware for Chile Lovers.” It has/had a line of “Hot Sauce Playing Cards” – what it calls “Collector’s Series Decks” – and this particular deck has the title, “Let’s Barbecue.” The date and maker of these cards is unknown. The faces of the cards contain advertisements for barbecue-related products from around the world, complete with pictures of the products, maps where the products are made, website addresses and phone nos., and awards and barbecue tips. The maker is unknown, but these are very nice cards. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, one of which advertises the National Barbecue Association, plus a card describing Firefood Specialties. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original box. The cards are mint, and the box is “as new.”

● A deck made by Brown & Bigelow c.1984 for Miles Laboratories, on the occasion of Miles’ centennial year (i.e., 1884-1984), featuring pictures on the faces of the cards commemorating the history of the company, including its products. The deck has 52 cards, and it appears that the Jokers have gone missing. The cards are bridge size and in “as new” condition. The cards come in the original box, which is in excellent condition, with minor wear at the corners.

● A deck made for Best Products, Inc. by RC Printing Company of Minneapolis, maker of RCI Playing Cards and included as a “brand” of Brown & Bigelow at the World Web Playing Card Museum website. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers, and the faces of the Jokers, Aces, and court cards show products that have been made by Best Products during its history. The cards are bridge size, and come in the original box. The cards are “as new,” and the box is in very good condition, with minor wear at the corners and evidence of handling.

● A wonderful deck with beautiful cards made for Walkers, a maker of fine shortbread based in Scotland. I do not know the maker of these cards or the date they were made. The central suit symbols on the Aces are Walker tartan, and the court cards appear to be Scottish paintings, one of which is on the backs of the cards, although I am unable to identify the paintings. The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 original (and engaging) Jokers. The cards are quite large and wide, measuring 98mm x 68mm, and come in the original box. The cards are in excellent condition, “as new” or very nearly so; the box is in no better than very good condition, structurally sound and clean, but with generalized wear.


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Item ID: T00002068

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